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The Good Cop Calendar - Kickstarter Project Idea

For quite a while now I've been photographing and filming the police of my town as they go about their business. Occasionally they might ask me why I'm filming them and I tell them I'm creating a calendar to celebrate the good men and women of law enforcement. Only once have I been wrestled to the ground and charged with obstructing an investigation.

Anyhoo, I've got a lot of pictures and film, and I know that lots of other people have pictures as well. Now I'm thinking it might be a good time to assemble these photos into either a wall calendar, a daily desk calendar, or both!

I've read through all the rules for starting a Kickstarter campaign and have observed many campaigns as they succeeded or failed, trying to figure out which factors separate the two. It seems to be a combination of three factors:

1. Have a good idea
2. Get the word out
3. Offer a way for people to donate ideas and energy, not just dollars.

Relating to the 'Good Cop Calendar' project, point #3 would include the ability for people to provide their own pictures to the project. This would set the 'calendar' apart from other more conventional kickstarters that don't have this added level of participation. It is also an added level of complication which some might say is too complicated for a first-time kickstarter. And it also would shrink the 60-day maximum time available for the campaign by quite a margin...

So, questions.

Am I making this more complicated than it has to be?
Should I start a campaign knowing it will fail, as a basis for round two?
Should I create a 'prototype' calendar with my own images (and money) first?
Should I 'borrow' other peoples 'good cop' pics from the web, under the assumption they are in the public domain due to the subject matter?

What say you?

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lots of good cops out there...

Pandacentricism will be our downfall.

Also, adding incentives for donations is important...

but is I feel almost secondary to the more important factors of concept, outreach, and participation...

Pandacentricism will be our downfall.